Storer President and CEO Donald Storer outside a newly converted Storer bus for COVID-19 testing in Modesto, Calif., on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. Storer Coachways of Modesto branched into mobile testing and vaccines for COVID-19 after the pandemic shut down much of its charter bus business.

Modesto company finds a way to save 400 jobs after COVID-19 shut down its tour buses

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Storer Coachways of Modesto had to cut about 400 of its employees when COVID-19 idled the tour bus business last spring.

No problem. They are back at work in a new venture at the company — mobile testing and vaccinations against this very same virus.

Storer is converting some of its 1,000 or so buses to provide these services around California. Thirteen counties so far have a bus in service following the December launch. They are leased and staffed by public and private health care providers.

One bus rolled up to an Imperial County farm to serve migrant workers. Another parked outside the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Hall. Still another serves homeless people in Berkeley.

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